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DAILY ALMANAC for SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012; Historical events, Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Sunday, June 10, 2012. It is the 162nd day of the year. We have 204 days left before moving into 2013.


* In 1922, Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.

* In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

* In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.

* In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

* In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. He was recaptured three days later.

* In 1978, Affirmed won horse racing’s Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes.

* In 2004, Singer-musician Ray Charles died at age 73.

* In 2007, The final episode of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO.


Gina Gershon, actress, singer turns 50 today. Seen here at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City in June 2011 ( photo by Joella Marano via wikipedia commons)

79 F. LEE BAILEY, famous lawyer who helped successfully defended  O.J. Simpson in the Nicole Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1995

61 DAN FOUTS, Hall of Fame QB

51 MAXI PRIEST, singer

50 GINA GERSHON, actress, singer

47 ELIZABETH HURLEY, model & actress from the Austin Powers movies

39 FAITH EVANS, singer

30 TARA LIPINSKI, figure skater & Olympic Gold Medalist

11 SASHA OBAMA, youngest daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama

Super Saver loses to Lookin At Lucky in the Preakness

compiled from staff and wire reports

The horse racing drought continues for the Triple Crown. For the 32nd year in a row, we all have to wait another year in the continuing record of Triple Crown failures; there will be no sweep of racing’s most coveted prize for winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes.

The only horse who could’ve headed to Belmont Stakes on June 5 with a chance at the Triple Crown was Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby winner who was a 19-10 favorite when a field of 12 3-year-olds went postward Saturday at the 135th Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore. It became clear to all in attendance as the horses neared the quarter pole that Super Saver was not going to win on Saturday May 15, 2010.

Bob Baffert (file photo)

Super Saver broke from the start very well and was in a comfortable position to giving the closest chase to front-running First Dude down the stretch the first time and into the turn of the 1 3/16-mile race. From that point on, Super Saver was flat, and his rivals swarmed right past him and he finished eighth, beaten by 11 1/2 lengths by the victorious Lookin At Lucky, allowing Affirmed in 1978 to remain the most recent Triple Crown winner.

The 32-year drought is the longest since the Triple Crown became recognized as a series in the 1930′s, with the previous longest drought being the 25-year gap between Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973). There have been 11 Triple Crown winners since Sir Barton in 1919.

Owner Bob Baffert says his horse, Lookin At Lucky, will not be entered in the Belmont Stakes.